Three Digital Security Strategies You Should Adopt in 2015

2014 was a year of learning about Internet risks for many business leaders, as cybersecurity threats became so ubiquitous that they finally reached a mainstream level of awareness. Several major corporations experienced brutal cyberattacks, and millions of sensitive corporate files were exposed to the public.

Whether your company was affected or you managed to escape into 2015 unscathed, take our advice: It’s time to overhaul your digital security strategy and make sure that your organization is prepared to handle another year full of malicious cyberattacks. Some industry pundits believe that 2015 could be just as hard, if not worse, than last year for safeguarding against criminal activity online.

Here are three things you should make sure to include in your strategy:

1.  Account access: A data breach can arise from the inside of your organization just as easily as it can from the outside. We’re not saying you shouldn’t trust your employees, but making security a priority requires battening down the hatches. Ensure you have the technology, such as that provided through a cloud-based identity management system, in place so that you can easily revoke data access when necessary. This way, if an employee does exhibit threatening or criminal behavior, his or her account can be blocked quickly and efficiently, preventing damage to your assets.

2.  Embrace multifactor authentication: Many major corporations still rely on a single method of account authentication such as a password or personal identification number (PIN). This year, embrace multifactor authentication by requiring employees to use passwords and PINs, or another form of identification. This way, if a password is stolen, a hacker would have a much harder time gaining access into an account.

One example of a company that offers great multifactor account authentication is Google. Google employees are given unique one-time PIN numbers to use when logging into a mobile device. This number can be used in addition to a password to provide higher security.

3.  Secure your applications: Your organization may have thousands of employees and millions of customers accessing your corporate applications on a daily basis. Stop and think about how vulnerable this makes your organization to hackers if you do not have secure authentication methods like voice biometric identity verification deployed. Design your applications with security in mind so that unauthorized users are kept out of your network.

 

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Digital Security Solutions for After the Holiday Season

The busy digital holiday shopping season is almost over. But this is no time to let your guard down, as cybercriminals are still out in full force looking for software vulnerabilities that can provide easy entry into your network.

Now is the time to be vigilant about digital security and protecting your software so that you can make it through the holiday season unscathed by costly cyberattacks. Here are some tips that you can use to fortify your network and provide extra strength during this risky time:

Patch your servers: Patch management should not be an annual or quarterly habit. It should be a monthly activity so that you constantly have the most up-to-date software running at all times. Therefore, even if you patched your servers before the start of the holiday season, do it again.

Run a vulnerability assessment: Once you patch your servers, scan your network using a vulnerability assessment tool to make sure that every server is in top working order. This will help you identify and rank system vulnerabilities, so that your IT department can be aware of possible threats and monitor the network accordingly.

Protect your customer-facing websites: Don’t get so caught up in patching your back-end servers that you fail to take your customer-facing Web and mobile sites into account. Now is the time to double check for weaknesses that could lead to hacks like SQL injection, which could take down your entire website.

Fortify your mobile endpoints: Make multifactor security a priority in your enterprise. Ensure that employees and customers have access to a variety of mobile identity verification solutions to provide advanced authentication. The more secure your authentication strategy, the better chance you will have of protecting your endpoints and reducing the likelihood of a data breach.

Hoping you had a safe and prosperous holiday season from everyone here at VoiceVault.

 

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Regardless of Size, No Business Is Safe Online These Days

As a small business owner, you are used to flying under the radar. Your business serves a small community, either online or offline. As a result of the lack of mainstream media attention your business receives, you might be under the impression that you are safe from the risk of being hacked.

This is your wake-up call. The Internet is not a safe place to conduct business without the proper digital security safeguards. Hackers want access to your information just as badly as they do any Fortune 500 company’s. If your network is unprotected, eventually you will get hacked. Furthermore, as a small business, you most likely do not have the resources to recover from a costly data breach.

Unfortunately, many businesses are not even aware when their systems get hacked. Take, for instance, a recent cyberattack at USIS—a leading security clearance contractor for the U.S. government—that went unnoticed for several months. This is a massive company with advanced cyber detection technologies. If it can happen to this company, it can just as easily happen to your business.

Therefore, stop and assess your company’s current digital security safeguards. It’s important to remember that, in addition to the risk of exposure posed by your computers, your mobile devices are just as vulnerable to attack. Mobile multifactor authentication is needed, therefore, to ensure that information that is accessed over a computer or mobile device stays out of the hands of hackers.

Recent advancements in voice biometric technology have made it easier than ever to incorporate affordable and secure identity verification software into your business’s mobile devices. Voice biometric safeguards can be built right into the framework of an existing application, so your business can quickly and efficiently bolster its endpoints.

Click here for more information about how VoiceVault, a leading provider of voice biometric technology, can help keep your business safe.

 

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How VoiceVault’s Unique Adaptation Process Ensures Speedy and Accurate Mobile Security

It’s not easy to find a voice biometric identity verification solution for an enterprise that is both highly accurate and efficient. But these two critical elements go hand in hand. If you sacrifice the quality of the voice biometric engine to increase the speed of use for workers, the rate of false rejects—in which authorized end users become locked out of an application—can increase. As a result, productivity can be hindered and user frustration can reach an all-time high.

So, why do many voice biometric engines have such high rates of false rejects? A lot of the times this occurs because voice biometric recorders are highly attuned to picking up an end user’s specific voice—to the point where even a small change in the user’s mood or voice could affect the reading. Additionally, the recorder could pick up external environmental noises that could lead to false rejects.

VoiceVault solves this problem through a unique voice biometric adaptation process where end users update their voice prints periodically in order to reflect changes in their environment and behavior. By updating voice prints, end users can teach the biometric engine to be more knowledgeable to changes in their own voice, or environment. For instance, a user would simply record a voice print at home where it is quiet and then again in his or her busy work atmosphere. This is a quick and easy way of preventing the biometric engine from falsely rejecting voice prints, which reduces the overall time needed for a security check in.

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Three Ways to Relieve Your Mobile Security Anxiety

New research from the Ponemon Institute and IBM shows that the cost of a data breach is on the rise, up to $145 per each lost record. This represents an increase from $136 in 2013. Ultimately, each company that is affected has to pay about $3.5 million.

But the cost of a data breach extends far beyond the initial financial loss for a corporation. It can take years for a company to regain consumer trust after such an incident.

When looking for ways to bolster your company’s digital security and mitigate the likelihood of a breach occurring, a critical place to start is with your mobile endpoints. Mobile devices are one of the leading causes of security infiltrations for corporations due to the fact that so many employees are now utilizing BYOD services. And as an IT executive, this can cause a tremendous amount of anxiety.

Here are some helpful ways you can relieve your mobile security anxiety and create a safer way of storing information in your enterprise:

Use the cloud: IT managers can leverage the cloud to better understand how end users interact with company data. With a cloud-based API, IT technicians can see exactly who is accessing company information and when. In doing so, if a suspicious end user is discovered, the account in question can be suspended and the security credentials can be revoked until more information is discovered.

Stay on top of security updates: Companies need to continually install regular security updates on end user applications as software needs to be constantly patched and updated in order to prevent fraudsters from entering and accessing sensitive information. To speed up time, companies can use the cloud to provision large amounts of end user updates at once in your organization, instead of having to do it manually.

Invest in voice biometrics: Investing in a voice biometric identity verification solution will ensure that only authorized end users gain access into an application. When used in conjunction with other mobile multifactor security elements like passwords and security questions, voice biometrics can be one of the most secure ways to authenticate mobile end users since it is virtually fail proof and unlikely to be compromised.

For more information about how VoiceVault can reduce your mobile security anxiety with its robust voice biometric security software, click here.

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Growing BYOD Movement Poses Big Security Challenges for Corporations

The global bring your own device (BYOD) movement is quickly growing in popularity. In fact, a new study from Gartner shows that, by 2017, half of employers will require employees to supply their own mobile devices in the workplace.

From a financial standpoint, allowing workers to log into databases and applications using their own smartphones and tablets can save a lot of money because IT departments won’t have to foot the bill for new hardware. But it also opens the door for security risks like network malware and data breaches, since IT departments often have little to no visibility into how employees are using or securing their phones.

As the BYOD movement progresses, the number of mobile user endpoints will continue to proliferate. The only way to ensure digital security as this happens is to protect corporate data—not individual employee devices. One of the best ways to do this is with a cloud-based voice biometric security solution.

Using the cloud, IT managers can control who has access to end-user accounts. This way, if an account is compromised, access to that account can be revoked immediately from a remote location. This also helps protect against internal fraud. With the cloud, IT managers do not have to worry about lower-level employees or independent contractors gaining access to restricted information. And when an employee is terminated, account privileges can be withdrawn.

Additionally, the voice biometric solution ensures that only authorized users can log into an account. An end user simply recites a phrase that appears on the screen and then enters a mobile multifactor security element, like a password or security question, and access is granted. An employee that fails to pass the voice biometric test will be denied entry.

Click here to learn how VoiceVault, a provider of voice biometric software, can help safeguard your enterprise from BYOD security threats.

 

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Three Frightening Mobile Security Statistics That Will Make You a Believer in Voice Biometrics

Picture this: After work, your employee picks up his smartphone and downloads a game. Unfortunately, he didn’t check reviews to if the game is safe. Now, his phone is infected with malware. And tomorrow morning, he will use the same phone to access your corporate database containing the information of about 10,000 customers.

The reality is that when workers use personal devices for work-related information, they aren’t always focused on keeping their company safe. Most low-level workers do not stay awake at night wondering whether their company will get hit with a data breach. This is where momentum for the BYOD movement stalls—at the security wall. Here are three frightening facts about mobile security that confirm the necessity for mobile device protection beyond passwords and the like (think voice biometrics):

  • 40 percent of mobile users don’t password-protect their phones: Having to take the time to enter a password when logging into a device is time-consuming, and can result in a user getting locked out. As a result, many people choose to bypass this security step altogether, taking mobile security seriously only after they are hit with a data breach.
  • 51 percent of mobile users connect to unsecured wireless networks on their smartphones: Employees often utilize free Wi-Fi in coffee shops, libraries and airports. Unfortunately, these networks are not typically protected—meaning that a third party can snoop in on device activity and steal sensitive information.
  • 67 percent of employees use personal devices at work regardless of the office’s BYOD policy: IT managers need to take mobile security into their own hands and grant access to sensitive information from a single location using the cloud. This way, even if an employee uses a device at work, they won’t be able to cause any harm to the data they extract.

Click here to learn about how VoiceVault, a provider of voice biometric identity verification, can help alleviate your mobile security concerns and make your enterprise a safer place.

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Looking to Migrate Away From Paper? VoiceVault Can Help

Your employees spend all day working on laptops, desktops and mobile devices. Why then, is your company still using paper to authorize transactions? Are you looking to migrate away from paper?

An increasing number of companies are successfully making the digital migration and are doing away with paper transactions once and for all. Consider the savings that this can afford. Paper can easily get lost or destroyed, is prone to theft, and expensive to purchase and maintain. It makes a lot more sense to use a tablet and store information in the cloud than to store reams of paper in a back-office filing cabinet.

Eliminating paper transactions will also protect your company against fraud. While an ink signature can be forged, voice biometric identity verification for a mobile device is completely secure. By reciting a short phrase into a tablet, a user can sign a document electronically using a voiceprint. VoiceVault offers a robust voice biometric identity verification solution for mobile devices and call centers. Its new ViGo solution is built with open standards, meaning its security feature can be built right into the framework of a proprietary app and used as needed for the purpose of not only verifying customer identities, but also locking mobile devices and applications. This further means that ViGo is incredibly easy to install across a global network. Packages are sold in bundles, so all a developer has to do is purchase a set amount and distribute licenses to end users as needed.

This solution is also ideal for remote businesses or companies that require documentation to be shipped over long distances. Instead of sending sensitive information in the mail, a voiceprint can replace an ink signature. Interested in learning more about how VoiceVault can help you migrate away from paper? Click here.

 

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Not All Cloud Based Biometric Solutions Vendors Are Created Equal

When selecting a vendor that is offering cloud-based biometric hosting services, it can be hard to look past enticing uptime guarantees and stellar service-level agreements (SLAs). But you need to be vigilant about whether you are getting the whole picture before deciding on a partner.

Here are three things you should do during the decision process:

  • Thoroughly inspect your SLA: A 99.999 percent system uptime guarantee sounds great, but gather your legal team and dig into the verbiage of the contract to specifically determine what the 99.999 percent covers. This way, you will know your responsibilities in the event of a security breach or unplanned system downtime.
  • Ask to tour the vendor’s facility: Don’t hesitate to request a tour of your vendor’s data center with your IT team, which will be able to provide critical analysis as to how data is stored and managed. The more research you do on the vendor’s network infrastructure, the better you will feel about choosing to partner with that vendor.
  • Make sure the vendor’s product is secure: Take a deep dive into the biometric application’s construction to make sure it is securely built and safe to integrate into your platform. VoiceVault’s ViGo software is hosted using the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Virtual Private Cloud. It is, therefore, compliant with the most up-to-date data protection and security protocols and standards available. The solution also comes with no external access, which adds to the safety of the product. Web developers are instead given access to a Web-based API that comes with HTTPS security through SSL 3/TLS 1.1 software.

Additionally, VoiceVault uses a third-party Vendor Application Security Testing (VAST) program built by Veracode. VoiceVault is certified CWE/SANS Top 25 and OWASP Top 10 scans, which is the most stringent level of security used by top financial organizations.

Click here to learn more about how VoiceVault is a safe voice biometric solution for your company to use.

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How VoiceVault Sets the Voice Biometrics Standard

Customers across the globe have come to recognize VoiceVault as the go-to source for mobile voice biometric identity verification software. Setting the voice biometrics standard with its unified approach to programming, VoiceVault is capable of bolstering digital security in a cost-effective manner with little or no CAPEX or OPEX.

Here are some other ways VoiceVault’s ViGo solution is raising the bar in the mobile security industry: It’s all about the voice: The beauty of VoiceVault’s approach to biometrics is that it is 100 percent focused on voice recognition software. Users can focus on multi-factor security elements such as passwords and security questions, or they can bypass these antiquated methods in favor of the simpler voice-activated solution. This keeps the process simple, as users do not need any training to leverage it.

99.9 Percent Success Rate: Right now, many vendors across the biometric industry are choosing to sacrifice high success rates in favor of more efficient speeds. This is dangerous as it leaves the opportunity for unauthorized users to gain access to exposed end points. End users require the most security they can get for as little cost as possible, and ViGo delivers this.

FIDO member: As a member of the Fast Identity Online Alliance (FIDO), VoiceVault is taking an active role in sculpting a new era of online user authentication. ViGo helps businesses reduce their reliance on passwords with its open and interoperable software, and in doing so provides additional options for strong authentication.

VoiceVault is currently represented in over 40 countries across the globe, and is supported by millions of end users. Its software has helped secure billions in mobile app-based monetary transfers over the Web. For more information about how VoiceVault is setting the standard in this new era of digital security, click here.

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